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State & Local

Trends in State Funded Preschool Programs: Survey Findings from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012

June 2013
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D. and Megan E. Carolan, MPP

This policy report, co-released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), discusses trends in enrollment, funding, and quality standards, as well as English Language Learner and Special Education students, in state-funded pre-K between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012.

Longitudinal Effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program: Findings from First Grade through Fourth Grade

May 2013
Kwanghee Jung, W. Steven Barnett, Jason T. Hustedt, Jessica Francis

Arkansas’ state-funded preschool program has been found to have positive effects on children’s receptive vocabulary, math, and literacy.

Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study: Fifth Grade Follow-Up

March 2013
W. Steven Barnett, Kwanghee Jung, Min-Jong Youn, and Ellen C. Frede

The multi-year study of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program shows that children in the state’s most disadvantaged communities who participate in the pre-K program make significant gains in literacy, language, math and science through 4th and 5th grade.

Determinants of Household Participation in Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program

December 2011

This NIEER working paper looks at the determinants of household awareness of and participation in the Florida VPK program.

“Who’s in the Circle?” A Study of Family Participation in Georgia’s Pre-K Program

December 2011

This NIEER working paper presents the results of a study that examines which household characteristics are related to the probability of participating in the voluntary pre-K program.

Policy Brief – Improving Public Financing For Early Learning Programs

April 2011

This brief reviews sources and models of public financing of early care and education and makes recommendations for improving upon what currently exists so as to remove barriers to increasing program access and quality.

Improving Early Education Programs through Data-based Decision Making

February 2011

This NIEER working paper presents five options for studying the effectiveness of state-funded preschool education programs.

Policy Brief – Perspectives on the Impact of Pre-K Expansion: Factors to Consider and Lessons from New York and Ohio

February 2011

The impact of state-funded pre-K expansion on the quality and supply of child care in New York and Ohio are assessed in this policy brief.

Early Education Enrollment and Expenditure Patterns 1995-2005

December 2010

These papers report on enrollments and expenditures for ECCE across the decade from 1995 to 2005 using three harmonized National Household Education Surveys. They explore the metrics of enrollment patterns by age of child, mother’s employment, marital status, expenditure patterns and prices paid per hour of services.

The New Mexico PreK Evaluation: Impacts From the Fourth Year (2008-2009) of New Mexico’s State-Funded PreK Program

November 2010

New Mexico’s children who attend the state-funded Pre-K program have been found to have achieved significant positive effects in vocabulary, math, and literacy skills at the beginning of kindergarten, according to the fourth in a series of annual reports by NIEER.